Vacant for the past two years, the former BB&T Bank building near Hamilton could be moving closer to a rebirth.
The Hamilton Town Council last week discussed an idea that could see the Board of Supervisors rezone the 1.49-acre property, which sits just outside the town limits along Colonial Highway and includes the 13,336-square-foot bank building. It’s owned by Daniel Kaseman, a former town planning commissioner. He informed the council last month of his desire to rezone the property to the county’s Rural Commercial District to consider a wider range of tenants, like schools, retail businesses and restaurants. Although the property is not under the town’s control, Kaseman said he wants to include the town leaders in the process to take their interests into account.
“I think it’s important to kind of keep the fabric of the town together,” he said. “I just want it to be a good situation where it’s good for everybody.”
The property is zoned as Planned Development-Office Park, which allows for uses like professional and medical offices, banks, health and fitness centers, day cares, educational institutions, conference centers, libraries, radio and TV studios, churches and hotels.
If the county rezones the property to Rural Commercial, the building could be used as a community center, convenience store, farm market, nursery, bed and breakfast, restaurantor even a craft brewery.
Loudoun Department of Economic Development Executive Director Buddy Rizer said that a rezoning would provide more flexibility when attracting new tenants.
Kaseman said that he would like to see a school, child care center or medical office move into the building. He said that an urgent carewould be a great use because there is only one serving western Loudoun.
While the property sits only about 200 feet outside the town limits, it is a part of the town’s Urban Growth Area and could be considered for eventual annexation. Mayor David Simpson said that, although the town right now can’t control how the property is zoned or what business goes in there, the county will most likely seek the town’s input on a rezoning.
Simpson said that Town Council members were appreciative that Kaseman, a 14-year town resident, is keeping them in the loop even though he doesn’t need their approval or input.
“For him to treat us that way is very nice of him,” he said. “He’s really concerned about keeping things nice.”
The property’s existing zoning dates back to the early 1990s, when theFarmers and Merchants National Bank of Hamilton, which operated out of the building from 1970 to 2006, proposed to build a 30,000-square-foot office building on the property, prompting the county to rezone the property with some limitations. Although those offices were never built, the bank continued to grow and merged with F&M Bank-Winchester in 1993, which merged with BB&T in 2006.
Kaseman is working with an architect to update the 49-year-old building to make it “look pretty cool.”
“I want to make it a Class A building,” he said.
Kaseman plans to submit a rezoning application to the county soon and meet with the town’s Planning Commission in March. Already, he’s met with the county once to better understand the likelihood of a rezoning. “They were very clear and very helpful—they did want to help,” he said.